Whither, Rubber Planters? Whither, Liberian Agriculture?

first_imgLiberian rubber planters are facing serious problems these days.  They have dropped production because of the fall in the global rubber price, from US$2,500 per ton four years ago to US$714 today.It was in the face of this crisis that they met last Thursday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to seek government intervention in bringing some relief to rubber farmers. While she showed understanding and concern about their plight, the President put the problem back to the rubber planters and urged them to establish a rubber development fund upon which they could lean in times of crisis.We believe the President is right, even if her suggestion is somewhat belated.  This newspaper has long called on the Liberian government to take the agriculture sector more seriously.  In the good days when the world rubber price was highest in history, somebody, probably the government, could have urged rubber planters to put away something for the rainy day?Now that the rainy day has arrived, the rubber planters find themselves in desperation. The Daily Observer has also been urging the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) to develop a research arm to help their members keep abreast of technological developments in the sector.This could easily have been done because not only were rubber planters people of means; but they have very powerful and experienced members, such as Firestone and the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), which could have helped provide the facilities for the research department.Until the late 1980s Firestone had its own Botanical Research Division, which constantly developed new, high producing clones, such as Harbel One and others.  One of the Firestone research directors who made a distinctive mark was Dr. McKindore, who created several clones including one of the highest producing at the time, Harbel One.We are told that the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia started a rubber research effort before the war, but it was suspended during the turbulent 1980s.   The Dean, Dr. Roland Massaquoi, confirmed that they plan to reestablish the research department but there are not only financial but land constraints.  The government has allowed people to buy up a lot of the land at the University Farm in Fendall, including places where the Forestry College planted many special species of plants for research and development.  Many of these have been indiscriminately uprooted by the new “land owners.”However, the College is training a new cadre agriculture and forestry scientists not only to teach, but to do research as well.  So there is hope for the future; but on what territory will these scholars to do their work?We don’t know when last the Agriculture Minister visited the College of Agriculture in Fendall.  But there should be very close collaboration between the College and the Ministry for the sake of positive collaboration and future planning in all sectors—vegetables and fruits, tree crops, animal husbandry,  poultry and eggs and research.Liberians do not talk about coffee anymore–why?  We have long called for the reactivation of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), which since the early 1960s encouraged farmers to produce in many areas.It is the Ministry that should have been guiding the President about developments in the all important rubber sector–and not wait until a crisis arises.  Nor has the Ministry undertaken any initiatives that will make Liberia self sufficient in meat.  Liberian poultry and egg producers have thrown in the towel because they cannot compete with foreign businesspeople who import cheap chickens and eggs fromEurope, which are heavily subsidized by their governments and by the European Union (EU). This newspaper has over many years urged GOL to pursue meat production through cattle raising in southeastern and northern Liberia, particularly Grand Cess, Grand Kru County, and Foya, Lofa County.  These places are natural habitats for cattle. It is never too late to start doing the right thing. We pray that Agriculture people will get busy and reach out to our farmers in research, through the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), through agricultural extension and through stimulus in the various sectors of agricultural production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New rules for South Peace resource roads

first_imgA new plan aims to increase safety on South Peace resource roads. The South Peace Resource Roads Safety Plan will standardize policies for those who use resource roads, and create a more uniform approach to road use. Developed by the South Peace Road Safety Committee, the plan will introduce 42 new resource road channels, as well as instituting new radio calling procedures.  It also creates new standards on road rules and signage, as well as design, construction, and maintenance. – Advertisement -The changes come into effect on October 1st of this year. For more information, click on the attachment below, or visit http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dpc/last_img

Golden Jags’ 23-man squad announced

first_imgCONCACAF Nations League countdown…Golden Jaguars Head Coach Michael Johnson has announced a 23-man squad to participate in the “Train and Play” in Brazil that will be held over the period August 12-26 as Guyana seeks to build a foundation of excellence for the senior men’s national’ team.GFF Technical Director Ian GreenwoodThe squad, which consists of Guyana and internationally-based players from England, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago includes: three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and six forwards.Johnson, in an invited comment, said the camp would focus on both on and off-field activities, including developing a “winning mindset and drive for excellence” among the players.“With the Nations League and Gold Cup qualifiers on the horizon, the camp gives young players the opportunity to showcase their talents and their characteristics to the senior staff. The experienced members of the squad will be looking to establish themselves as we focus on preparing the Golden Jaguars for September 8. The camp will be the mechanism to develop a winning mindset and drive for excellence within the group as we look forward to our Nations League campaign,” he explained.As Guyana look to qualify for its first CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019, Technical Director Ian Greenwood said player assessment and instilling the new philosophy were primary elements of focus for this initial period of encampment:.“The Head Coach and staff will be looking to establish the values and beliefs around the new-look Golden Jaguars set-up; the training camp in Brazil is the ideal opportunity for effective player-coach relationship building. The staff will benchmark and assess the Guyana-based players to truly understand what they are capable of achieving. Our new Head of Recruitment, Mr Khan, along with technical staff, has been a key figure in ensuring specific criteria are followed as we prepare for the upcoming Nations League campaign via scouting and video performance analysis,” Greenwood said.He added that the technical team was “excited about the blend of youth and experience in the group”, and emphasised the importance of the players earning the right to wear the badge.“The players have the opportunity to establish themselves and cement their place in the squad against Barbados in September, but it is ultimately up to them as individuals to grasp this opportunity. The key message to players in the national team pool is to earn the right to wear the badge.”Guyana’s first match of the CONCACAF Nations League is set for September 8, 2018 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. Guyana have been matched against Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Guiana and Belize and will play host to Barbados and Belize in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively while Turks and Caicos Islands and French Guiana will host Guyana in October and November 2018.The squad reads: Jason Cromwell (Buxton United); Jermaine Cumberbatch (Den Amstel); Sese Norville (Milerock); Raushan Ritch (Fruta Conquerors); Kester Jacobs (Den Amstel); Kevin Layne (NA United); Jake Newton (Hamble Club – England); Kevin Dundas (Den Amstel); Jelani Smith (Sigma – Canada); Samuel Cox (c) (Wealdstone – England); Cecil Jackman (Fruta Conquerors); Delwin Fraser (GDF); Job Caesar (Fruta Conquerors); Curtez Kellman (Western Tigers); Anthony Benfield (Fruta Conquerors); Ryan Hackett (Fruta Conquerors); Vurlon Mills (Western Tigers); Eon Alleyne (Fruta Conquerors); Daniel Wilson (Western Tigers); Kelsey Benjamin (Western Tigers); Delroy Fraser (GDF); Delon Lanferman (Den Amstel) and Sheldon Holder (Caledonia AIA).last_img read more

Lucas Oil celebrates one title, as Troxel tries to defend hers

first_imgEven before the first green light of the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series turns on, Lucas Oil is already celebrating a championship. The Corona company entered into a lucrative business deal with the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts for the naming rights of the new stadium due to open in 2008. Troxel is the defending Winternationals champion and knows what a boost a good start will do. She opened the 2006 season by reaching the finals in the first five events, an NHRA record. Counting the 2005 Auto Club Finals, Troxel made the final run in six successive national events. The streak enabled her to win the Billie Jean King Sports Foundation “Sports Woman of the Year” award. “Morgan and I have known each other for quite a while,” Troxel said. “It has been a different experience in getting to work with him. I think he’s an incredible easy guy to get along with and as well as all of his team. “We’re also kind of enjoying the opportunity of having a driver-to-driver rapport to talk about different things you feel in the car and different.” NEW TV VOICE “With the Super Bowl ending the football season, it’s time to start drag racing,” said Morgan Lucas, who watched Sunday’s Super Bowl game while testing. “I’m really psyched about the Colts winning and want that feeling for everyone in our organization. It’s their teamwork that inspires me.” On Thursday, the remodeled Morgan Lucas Racing team will take to the quarter-mile at Pomona Fairplex for the season-opening Winternationals. Joining Lucas will be Melanie Troxel and her Torco/Vietnam Veterans Memorial championship crew. center_img Paul Page, who anchored select NHRA telecasts on ESPN2 in 2006, will serve as the lead announcer for the network in 2007. A veteran motorsports announcer with more than 30 years of experience, Page is perhaps best known as lead announcer for the Indianapolis 500 on either radio or TV for more than 25 years. Page will be joined in the booth for analysis by former drag racer Mike Dunn, a member of the ESPN2 drag racing coverage team since 2002. Gary Gerould and David Rieff also return as pit reporters. Rieff also will be the host for NHRA Race Day, a news and information program airing on Sunday morning of all 23 NHRA Powerade event weekends on ESPN2. The show will originate from NHRA’s Nitro Alley. OUT FOR THE SEASON For the first time in the last 21 years, Mark Pawuk will not have an entry in the Winternationals’ Pro Stock field. Pawuk, following consultations with his family, sponsors and his employees, opted to forego the 2007 season. “This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Pawuk. “What’s made it even harder for me is that our sponsors, who have demonstrated amazing loyalty, have been so encouraging. Every single one of them has indicated that when we return to action next season, they’ll continue to have their logos displayed on our car, and I’m very grateful for their support. “During the last few months I’ve also realized that, with my growing children, my family situation and my business, I just need to stick closer to home for the next few months. There’s just no way to be truly competitive in NHRA Pro Stock drag racing if you can’t devote your every waking hour to it, and at this point I’m just not able to make that kind of commitment.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DERRY DUO IN COURT OVER DONEGAL ROBBERIES

first_imgTWO Derry men have appeared in court in Letterkenny, charged with carrying out robberies in County Donegal.One of them was later jailed on previous charges after it emerged a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest.Daniel Armstrong, (22), from Fernabbey Drive in Derry and Ryan McGlinchey (20), from Benview, Coshquin, Derry, appeared in court in handcuffs. Each faced four charges of theft.It followed a Garda operation in Quigley’s Point on Sunday evening, following an alert raised by members of the local community.The court heard from Detective Elaine Tighe who led the Garda operation.She said that Armstrong had replied ‘no’ when each of the charges were put to him.The court heard that a bench warrant had been issued for the arrest of Armstrong in respect of a breach of a community service order; he received a conviction at Letterkenny District Court for theft in April 2, 2012 but had not completed the 80 hour community service.Judge Paul Kelly was told that Armstrong was denying the theft charges. The judge invoked the 2012 sentence and jailed Armstrong for four months.He will appear in court in Harristown this Friday on the Quigley’s Point charges.McGlinchey, said the detective, had replied ‘no’ to each of three theft charges but on the fourth charge had replied: “You’re crafty.”Judge Kelly set bail at €250 cash with an independent surety of €1000 and banned McGlinchey from Donegal except to sign on twice per week at Buncrana Garda Station.Inspector David Kelly told the judge that further charges may arise.It follows an incident at Quigley’s Point in which a number of cars and garages were raided and a generator, cash, wallet and other items were taken.DERRY DUO IN COURT OVER DONEGAL ROBBERIES was last modified: February 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Detective Elaine Tighequigleys pointrobberytheftlast_img read more

URRIS GAA DINNER DANCE WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND AT BALLYLIFFIN HOTEL

first_imgUrris GAA News:SCOR SINSIR: Well Done to all from the Club who took part in the semi-final of Scor Sinsir in Muff Hall last Friday night, all gave a great performance. Evelyn Mc Gonigle in the Solo Singing and our Instrumental Group of Evelyn, Fiona, Ciaran, Shaun and Shane got through to the County Final this Friday night in Glenswilly at 7.30pm. Good Luck to you all in the County Final. DINNER DANCE: Our Annual Presentation Dinner Dance takes place this Saturday, 30th January in the Ballyliffin Hotel. Tickets now on sale at €20. Tickets can be purchased from John Friel, all committee members and players.MATCH “N” WIN: January 21st: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 1, 7, 19 & 23. €15 winners:Benny Donaghey, Magheramore.Eddie Doherty (S), Isle of Doagh.Fr Charlie Logue, Tullagh.Terence Mc Carron, Cleagh.Tony Mc Laughlin, Ballyliffin.Jackpot next week €540. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly fund raiser.CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2016. Adult membership is €25, Student (3rd level and in full time education with Student ID) is €15 and under age is €5 (capped at €20 per family). Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will also have first preference on Donegal tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Please contact Edward Mc Laughlin, John Friel, Nichola Donaghey or any committee member to get your membership.BINGO: Club bingo every Thursday night in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. NATIONAL GAA CLUB DRAW TICKETS: GAA National Club Draw 2016 tickets are now on sale at €10. All monies raised on the sale of these tickets stays with the club and will help with the day to day running costs of the club from under age to senior level. Some great prizes on offer: 1st prize–Opel Corsa Car. Other prizes include : trip overseas with the 2016 All Stars, Travel voucher worth €1,500, several All-Ireland Hurling and Football Corporate Final packages 2016 and Shopping vouchers . Get your tickets from John Friel or any committee member. Your support much appreciated.UNDER AGE TRAINING: U 12 & U14 girls every Thursday evening from 5.00pm to 6.00pm in the Youth Club, Clonmany. U10 boys & girls training on Saturday morning at 11.00am on the astro turf in the Youth Club. Please wrap up warmly. Please bring €2 to cover cost of astro. U6 and U8 training every Friday evening in the youth club clonmany from 5.30 to 6.30pm. Please bring €2 to cover cost of the centre.DONEGAL GAA YEAR BOOK: The Annual GAA Year book is now available from the club at €10, a comprehensive review of club and county activity in Donegal in 2015. If interested please contact John Friel.URRIS GAA DINNER DANCE WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND AT BALLYLIFFIN HOTEL was last modified: January 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportURRISlast_img read more

‘Eden Hazard is better than Neymar’

first_imgEden Hazard’s last 10 minutes was genuinely better than Neymar’s worldcup campaign— Rk (@RkFutbol) July 6, 2018 So now we know. Hazard is a better player than Neymar. #BRABEL— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) July 6, 2018 Hazard was at his brilliant best The Chelsea winger dazzled where Neymar disappointed. He was virtually unplayable at times and illuminated the Kazan Arena with the ball at his feet. There was daylight between their performances.He completed the most dribbles of any player at the tournament so far and more than the entire Brazil team put together. 2 With so many superstars on display, the match was billed as a showdown between the two Real Madrid targets.Fans on Twitter, including Frank Sinclair, have unanimously picked their champion.Here are the best tweets: Wonder if Real Madrid are thinking they’d be far better going for Eden Hazard over Neymar. Sensational but a complete team player too. No me, me, me, me #bel #bra— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) July 6, 2018 A classic World Cup quarter-final saw Eden Hazard’s Belgium get the better of Neymar’s Brazil.In the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two best players remaining in the competition were fighting to become its star. Hazard won. We all knew it was Hazard > Neymar, cause it’s not even Neymar > Coutinho 🤦🏽‍♂️— Harvinth Skin (@harvinthskin) July 6, 2018 Neymar failed to set the World Cup alight After tonight, the Neymar is better than Hazard noise will go down in decibels. Hazard more than delivered. Neymar danced and pranced and ultimately had little impact on the world cup. His legacy with Brazil is the hype. There is no substance.— Babanla (@biolakazeem) July 6, 2018 Eden Hazard putting the Neymar comparisons to rest.One is a leader, the other is a kid— George. (@meka_george) July 6, 2018 The world needs to apologize to Hazard for ever comparing him to Neymar…— Iron Rose (@_IronRose) July 6, 2018 Hazard a joy to watch. Have him over Neymar all day long. Up the Eden.— Walts (@WalterOtton) July 6, 2018 2 Hazard is a better player than Neymar for me 🔥— David Cotterill (@cotterill_david) July 6, 2018 Hazard has just taken the stage and seen off Neymar 💙⚽️🙌🏾— Frank Sinclair (@FrankMSinclair) July 6, 2018last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: FOUR MASTERS V ARDARA

first_imgPaul Durcan will be hoping to put the disappointment of last weekend’s All-Ireland final loss to Kerry behind him when Four Masters host Ardara in the Donegal SFC.Four Masters welcome Ardara to Pairc Tir Conaill this weekend for their eagerly anticipated Donegal SFC clash.In their opening group match of this year’s championship, Four Masters welcome a formidable force in the form of Ardara.Ardara reached the semi-final of last season’s Donegal SFC and were narrowly defeated by just one point by eventual champions Glenswilly. Ardara will welcome county star Paddy McGrath back into their side after his exploits with Donegal all summer.Four Masters will welcome back county stars Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan and Luke Keaney for the weekend’s crucial clash.Both Four Masters and Ardara are fancied to get out of the group, and the winners of this weekend’s match will more than likely determine who tops the group.It will be a closely fought match, with both sides dependent on scores from forwards Gareth Concarr and Michael Doherty. Whoever comes out on top in that shoot-out will more than likely determine the victor.It’s a hard one to call, but with home advantage Four Masters should shade it.VERDICT – FOUR MASTERSDONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: FOUR MASTERS V ARDARA was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal SFCfour mastersglenfinnewsSportlast_img read more

Iranian president joins crowd at anti-Israel rally

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They become upset when they hear any voice of truth-seeking. They think they are the absolute rulers of the world,” he said during the al-Quds – or Jerusalem – Day protest, which was among the largest since they were first held in 1979 after Shiite Muslim clerics took power in Iran. His fellow marchers carried placards reading “Death to Israel, death to America.” It is not uncommon for an Iranian president to join marches in the capital. Ahmadinejad was accompanied by five bodyguards, but otherwise security was not out of the ordinary for such an event. Despite Ahmadinejad’s continued harsh attacks on the West, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani tried to dial back the rhetoric, suggesting that Israelis and Palestinians hold a referendum to decide the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations. “If Muslims and Palestinians agree (to a referendum), it will be a retreat but let’s still hold a referendum,” Rafsanjani said in his Friday prayer sermon. The Iranian Embassy statement in Moscow said Ahmadinejad “did not have any intention to speak in sharp terms and engage in a conflict.” TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s ultraconservative president – spurning international outrage over his remarks about Israel – joined more than a million demonstrators who flooded the streets of the capital and other major cities Friday to back his call for the destruction of the Jewish state. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood fast behind his assertion that Israel should be wiped off the map and repeated the call during the nationwide protests Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. But in an apparent attempt to blunt international outrage over Ahmadinejad’s comments, the Iranian Embassy in Moscow issued a statement saying the Iranian leader did not want to “engage in a conflict.” Marching alongside the protesters, the 47-year-old former mayor of Tehran and one-time Republican Guard commander renewed his criticism of the West. But that was not the message carried by the at least 200,000 Iranians who massed in Tehran to unleashed virulent condemnation against Israel, the United States and the West in general, accusing them of oppressing Palestinians and Iran. Some demonstrators chanted “Israel is approaching its death” and wore white shrouds in a symbolic gesture expressing readiness to die for their cause. A resolution was read at the end of the rallies backing “the position declared by the president that the Zionist regime must be wiped out.” Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki defended his president’s comments, saying they represented Iran’s long-held policy of not recognizing Israel. “Unfortunately the Western countries have remained silent on the increasing inhuman activities of Israel,” Mottaki said at the Tehran march. Protests attracted at least 100,000 people in each of Iran’s eight largest cities, according to AP reporters. State television said millions of people assembled throughout the country. Major rallies also were held in other Middle Eastern countries. In Beirut, the militant Hezbollah group marked the day by staging a parade that saw more than 6,000 guerrillas march in uniform through the streets of the Lebanese capital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee Announces Most Outstanding Performers

first_imgThose winners include Ohio State Zack Bazile as the Maury White Award winner, Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer as the women’s invitational/collegiate Most Outstanding Performer, Central Lyon’s Gable Sieperda as the Robert Kramme Award winner and Linn-Mar’s Payton Wensel as the recipient of the Gerry Cooley Award.Zack Bazile is the first collegiate Maury White Award winner since 2015 after claiming the long jump title, finishing third in the 100 meters and running a leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay for Ohio State. The senior set a relay and individual record over the weekend and left the Blue Oval with three white flags and a second-place finish. She ran the anchor on Linn-Mar’s sprint medley relay that clocked a Relays record time of 1:44.07, an Iowa all-time best and the second-fastest time in the country this year. Later Friday, she finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.01. Her return to the Blue Oval Saturday saw her claim a Drake Relays record for herself as she won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.25. Her record-setting time is the second-fastest in Iowa history and sixth in the nation this year to help her win the event for the second-straight year. She concluded her final Drake Relays as a high schooler by helping Linn-Mar win its first-ever 4×100-meter relay title. The high school competitions produced record-setting performances as they have for generations at Drake Stadium, but there was a pair that was near unanimous selections for Most Outstanding Performer. The voting for the women’s collegiate/invitational Drake Relays Most Outstanding performer was near unanimous in selecting Missouri standout and Urbandale, Iowa, native Karissa Schweizer. Schweizer began her return to the Blue Oval by breaking the women’s University/College record in the 5,000 meters. Schweizer’s time of 15:23.21 bested the previous 33-year-old record by more than eight seconds. Her time is the fastest in the NCAA this year and fourth fastest in the world. She returned to the track Saturday afternoon to help Missouri win the distance medley relay in 11:07.59. Schweizer received the baton on her anchor leg with the Tigers in fourth place and clocked a 4:32.19 1,600 meters to move the Tigers through the field and win the event by more than 10 seconds. The 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee featured the 53rd consecutive Saturday sellout with 14,504 fans crowded around the Blue Oval after more than 16,000 fans streamed through the gates during the two Friday sessions. The 109th edition of America’s Athletic Classic is scheduled for April 24-27, 2019. Sieperda opened the Drake Relays by easily winning the 3,200 meters with a 2:10 final 800 meters to finish in 9:11.17. That time was the 19th fastest on the Iowa all-time list. He completed the distance sweep on Saturday by clocking a 14-second season-best in the 1,600 meters in 4:15.68. He also turned in a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters. Bazile won the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 25-3.25 (7.70m) on his third jump to best the field by more than a foot. With that jump, Bazile became just the second Buckeye to win the Drake Relays long jump and the first since track and field legend Jesse Owens did so in 1935. Bazile may have added on to that jump, but he passed on his fourth and fifth attempts in order to run the 100 meters. His winning long jump mark was the best at the Drake Relays since 2014. Gabe Sieperda of Central Lyon earned the Robert Kramme Award, given to the top boys high school competitor. Linn-Mar’s Payton Wensel was the runaway vote-getter for the Gerry Cooley Award given to the most outstanding girls’ high school competitor at the Drake Relays. DES MOINES, Iowa – The 109th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee thrilled nearly 40,000 fans over four days of action with tremendous performances across all divisions. Monday, April 30, the best of those performances were honored with the announcement of the Relays Most Outstanding Performers. 2018 Drake Relays Most Outstanding PerformersMaury White Award (Collegiate/Invitational Men) – Zack Bazile, Ohio StateCollegiate/Invitational Women – Karissa Schweizer – MissouriRobert Kramme Award (High School Boys) – Gable Sieperda – Central LyonGerry Cooley Award (High School Girls) – Payton Wensel – Linn-Mar  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more